ORGCon 2012: tech tools for activism

Billed as a practical session, this turned out to be a discussion of various tools useful to activists, focusing on autonomy, decentralisation, privacy, anonymity, security and freedom of expression. I didn’t take detailed notes however I wrote down a list of links to tools that were discussed:

  • – Educational resource explaining privacy and security issues on the web in a non-technical way.
  • Tech Tools for Activism – website of the person who led the session. Documents many different tools and their uses.
  • The Guardian Project – Free software privacy-aware android apps.
  • Indie Web Camp – A weekend get-together that discussed self-hosting and data portability
  • CrypTweet – Experimental public-key cryptography for Twitter
  • HactionLab – a gathering and working project for tech-activists in the UK
  • Truecrypt – Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Linux
  • Off The Record – Encryption, authentication, deniability and perfect forward secrecy for instant messaging.
  • Tails live CD – Linux live CD / USB distro that aims to preserving privacy and anonymity.
  • RiseUp – Provides technical tools to facilitate active, confederal, and directly democratic social change networks.

I’ve tagged these up on delicious and added a few links of my own there too.

Contributions to the list would be most welcome, either as comments to this post, or using the tag “techtoolsforactivism”.